What You Can Learn From Kung Fu Panda

Small Business Success: Be a Dragon Warrior
by Lisa Young

During holiday, 2008, my two year old subjected me to repeated viewings of Disney’s Kung Fu Panda. Over and over and over again, I sat and watched the as the reluctant panda (Po) faced his fears, overcame obstacles and defeated the mighty foe, despite seemingly insurmountable odds to claim the title of “Dragon Warrior” and bring peace to the village outside the Jade Palace.

As Master Oogway would say, “There are no accidents.”

In the final moments of the film, Po shares the ultimate secret of what it means to be the Dragon Warrior. Pardon me if I spoil the film for you, but his message is clear:

“There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.”

As with most reluctant heroes, he “didn’t get it” at first. Earlier in the film, he sat confused and disillusioned, staring at the blank Dragon Scroll – supposedly the secret key to unlocking all the mysteries of the universe. Not until his father revealed the mystery of his “secret ingredient soup” (there is none) did Po come to understand how this “secret” applied to becoming the Kung Fu Dragon Warrior.

Like Po, I didn’t get it at first, either. Content to watch a mindless children’s film incessantly until my child fell asleep, it slowly dawned on me that perhaps I was missing the very poignant message aimed at adults as well.

In life (and in business) there is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.

But your level of belief makes all the difference.

We all have the power to become Dragon Warriors in our businesses – and our lives. We have to be willing to not only give ourselves that power, but believe we deserve it. Our success and happiness does not come from some secret scroll, lost for ages. There is no magic pill or “secret ingredient” that holds any power outside ourselves.

And lest you think me blasphemous, even the Bible says there must be faith and belief for God’s miracles to unfold. And that begins in YOU.

So STOP looking for answers outside yourself. Dig deep within. Discover your true beliefs. Know that anything is possible in your business if you have the faith and take action in alignment with that faith. There’s no secret ingredient to achieving a powerful, mission-focused business. There’s no mystery to creating something you stand in awe of and proud of. There’s no hidden pill, mystical experience, or million-dollar program you need to attain the levels of business success to which you aspire.

It’s just YOU.

When you bring yourself, your dreams, your actions and your beliefs in alignment, doors fling open for you. You can’t believe and not take action, you can’t take action and not believe. You can’t dream without clarity, and you can’t be clear without your dreams. All these things are within you.

There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.

© 2008-2009 Lisa Robbin Young


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